Pensions Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 9th March 2004.

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[Mr. Win Griffiths in the Chair]

Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths Labour, Bridgend 2:30 pm, 9th March 2004

We had a couple of interruptions this morning from inanimate objects. I remind hon. Members to switch off their mobile phones when in Committee.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On a point of order, Mr. Griffiths. I am sure that you want the Committee's deliberations to be as informed as possible. During our discussions this morning, the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Waterson), who had done his homework better than I had, referred to the regulatory impact assessment of the Bill. The Vote Office in the Members' Lobby told me that the Department had not supplied it with copies of the assessment. The Library told me that it had one copy, which was for reference only, but that I could visit the website and print off the 46 pages myself. The Vote Office has now asked the Department for copies of the assessment. May I, through you, Mr. Griffiths, ask the Department to assist the Committee in its deliberations by ensuring that the regulatory impact assessment is made available to hon. Members as a matter of urgency?

Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths Labour, Bridgend

The Minister will have heard those remarks, and I am sure that he will want to respond to them positively.Schedule 1 The Pensions Regulator